Assoc.Prof. Cheryl Stock AM (Director Grad Studies)

Director, Graduate Studies / Head of Cultural Leadership

Cheryl Stock has had an extraordinary career, bridging all sectors of Australia’s professional dance scene and many in the Asia-Pacific region. She has been a performer, choreographer, artistic director, funding body chair, head of a tertiary dance course, teacher, mentor, collaborator, writer, researcher and an internationally-recognised scholar and now heads up NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) course.

Cheryl is a major creative artist, having choreographed works for Australian Dance Theatre, Australian Opera, Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre, Footnote Dance Theatre (New Zealand), Dance North and many independent projects nationally and internationally. She has also choreographed and directed over 50 dance/theatre works comprising mainstream productions, site-specific work, musicals, community dance events and alternative projects. She has taught master classes throughout the world and been a lecturer at The Australian Ballet School, the Victorian College of the Arts and NIDA. From 2000–2014 she was Associate Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty of Queensland University of Technology where she held the positions of  head of dance and director of postgraduate studies and is currently an adjunct professor.

Cheryl has presented keynote addresses and papers at cultural conferences nationally and internationally and published extensively in peer reviewed journals and academic publications as well as in a range of educational and arts publications. She also contributed to policy development through membership of Australia Council boards, and was one of those instrumental in having dance recognised as an art form separate from theatre, resulting in the eventual formation of the Dance Board, which she also chaired. Cheryl was also National President of Ausdance between 1996 and 2000.

Throughout her long and varied career Cheryl has built a particular affinity with Asia through cultural collaborations. As Artistic Director of Dance North, Cheryl worked extensively on cultural exchange programs, especially in Vietnam, which resulted in her PhD, Making intercultural dance in Vietnam.

A passionate supporter of the World Dance Alliance, Cheryl was elected as Secretary General of the organisation in 2009, a position she still holds today.
Cheryl has won a plethora of awards and accolades during her career, including being honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia, Outstanding Alumni Award from Flinders University, an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship and an Australian Dance Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy, Centre of Innovation in the Arts, Queensland University of Technology; Bachelor of Arts (French and Spanish) First Class Honours, Flinders University

Please see here for Cheryl Stock’s publications.

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